Manuscripts and Archives

The collection of just over 1,020 manuscripts ranges in date from the tenth to the twentieth centuries, and relate especially to antiquities, local history and heraldry. Notable items include the twelfth-century Winton Domesday, the finely illuminated Lindsey Psalter of the thirteenth century, a copy of the third version of the Magna Carta of 1225, and the 1547 inventory of Henry VIII.

Records of the manuscript collections are available through the Access to Archives.

Please note that the following manuscripts are currently available. They are being displayed as part of the Blood Royal : Picturing the Tudor Monarchy exhibition:

  • MS 125                 Mary I. A Book of ffees and offices
  • MS 129A              Inventory of Henry VIII, Part A   
  • MS 538                 Elizabeth I new Year’s Gift Roll, 1567/8

 They will be available again from the 4 September 2017.

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Society archives

The Society's archives date from 1717 and include minute books, correspondence, papers read at meetings and proposal papers for Fellows. As yet there is no catalogue to the archives.

For enquiries about the archives please email library@sal.org.uk or telephone 020 7479 7084.

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